An anonymous hacker has reportedly carried out a threat to release episodes of the upcoming fifth season of Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black” online.
Variety says that Netflix allegedly failed to respond to the shakedown demands of the cybercriminal, who dubs themselves ‘thedarkoverlord’, which was issued yesterday following their publishing of the season premiere episode.
According to ‘thedarkoverlord,’ the hacker or hackers also have obtained unreleased shows from ABC, Fox, National Geographic and IFC with the content seemingly stolen during an attack on post-production studio Larson Studios in late 2016.
The first ten episodes of the thirteen episode, fifth season of ‘Orange’ have apparently appeared online as of Saturday morning U.S. Time. The remaining three were apparently not available from the hacker’s original source as they weren’t ready at that time.
Netflix has set June 9 for the release of season five of “Orange Is the New Black,” no word on if that date will be moved up. In a statement Friday, Netflix said they were aware of the situation and appropriate law enforcement authorities are involved.
Netflix last year renewed ‘Orange,’ which the streamer has said repeatedly is its most-watched original series, for seasons five through seven.